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Singing Competition

The Inaugural DCSMF Singing Competition

Saturday, June 23, 10.00am, Chadlington Church

Tickets – Free

Many outstanding singers have performed at the Festival over the years including Amanda Roocroft (soprano), Neil Davis (baritone), Nuccia Focile (soprano), Linda Richardson (soprano), and our very own Claire Bradshaw (soprano) and Richard Coxon (tenor). Vocal music is a core passion and central to much of the Festival programming. This year we will further our commitment to the art of singing with an Inaugural Competition open to young singers between the ages of 18 and 28.

Following a fabulous response to the Competition eight singers have been selected to compete for three prizes in the Final Recital on 23 June, which will be adjudicated by our highly experienced panel of experts.

2012 Competition Finalists

  • Rosie Aldridge – Mezzo Soprano
  • Claire Barnett-Jones – Mezzo Soprano
  • Susanna Hurrell – Soprano
  • Christopher Jacklin – Baritone
  • Eleanor Janes – Soprano
  • Jenavieve Moore – Soprano
  • Aimee Toshney – Soprano
  • Catherine Young – Mezzo Soprano

Adjudicating Panel

  • Claire Bradshaw (mezzo soprano)
  • Richard Coxon (tenor)
  • Lord Chadlington (Former Chairman of  the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
  • Rt. Hon. David Mellor QC (Broadcaster, Journalist and former MP)


  • 1st Prize – £1000 – plus an appearance in Festival 2013
  • 2nd Prize – £500
  • Promising Singer Prize – £500

Finals Repertoire

Each finalist will be required to perform three songs (combined duration not to exceed 12 minutes)

  • An English song by an English composer
  • A song in its original language
  • An opera aria in its original language, or a recognised English translation